One of those weeks

It’s definitely been that.

It’s been one of those weeks when it’s much easier to list all the bad things than strive to find the good.



  • I will celebrate the fact that another student has stepped up to play a lead role in our musical, since the original actor suffered a football injury that required surgery and will be out indefinitely (we have 11 rehearsals before we open).
  • I will delight in my great good fortune to have my sister and her family taking care of everything when I am at work or when I take Michael to Cleveland.
  • I will try to find the good in no improvement on Opdivo after the fourth treatment. Breathing treatments are providing the Thriller with some limited relief; I will clap for that.
  • I will spend as much time as I can giving our precious Pax hugs and kisses, since his motor and brain functions are in steady decline, and we believe the death struggle will soon begin.
  • I will celebrate my friends, who have held me up here at home, and across miles of country and ocean.
  • I will hug my colleagues for helping me through the worst, and for giving Michael their best in the way of prayer and other support. If you ever want to feel humbled, be a caregiver surrounded by beautiful, compassionate people.

And I hug YOU, dear fiends, for your constant and unwavering words of encouragement and love. Hey, RtB’s 10th birthday is coming up in February; I smell a celebration there, too — and you will all get the prezzies. ;-)


19 thoughts on “One of those weeks

  1. Mavis

    It’s definitely been a week for the books. I’m happy that you’ve again chosen to look at the positives. I guess it’s the best way to get through times like these. Negativity only makes things worse. We’re all going through this with you and our Thriller. God will lift you up and He will also take care of our sweet Pax. We love you all.

  2. David

    Lifting you and Michael in prayer at all times!
    I have no magic words or I would have spoken them already!
    I have no earth shattering revelations or it would already been shattered.
    I have my heart…and it is yours and Michael’s!
    Love for when you feel alone. Joy when all things seem cold. Peace when you’re not sure you can continue?

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      And we appreciate you, Dave, and love you right back! How goes your fight against the evil C today? Hugz

  3. Debi Lewis

    Day at a time is all you can do ! Prayers for healing for Micheal and strength for you my dear friend. Prayers for Pax its so hard to see our loved ones suffer, human and pet… xoxox hang in there..

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Thanks Debi — I’ll admit that sometimes it’s a struggle to get through the day, but then I remember there are always blessings to be grateful for. We both so appreciate your prayers for him and for sweet Pax!

  4. Deb Clemons

    Like the song says…if you are going thru hell keep on moving. Face that fire, walk right thru it and you might get out before the devil even knows you’re there. As always, you are all in my prayers. Stay positive and keep smiling!

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Indeed, friend! We will continue to fight the good fight right alongside you. Hope you’re feeling great today!

  5. Debbie

    Take one day at a time.
    Please know I am thinking about you daily. If you need someone different to talk to, please don’t hesitate to call me. My heart goes out to you all. Love you

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Thank you, Aunt Deb. I know your heart is with us, as you’ve been down this long and lonely road with Uncle Dan. One day at a time for sure. Love you! A visit from us is in the future when this all calms down and Michael feels better, and we can leave with the boys checking on him.

      1. Janet Duncan

        My thoughts and Prayers are with you throughout every day. Its so sad I can’t be there to help out. I know Michael is in good hands but everyone needs a break. Please keep in touch and I love you all

  6. Candace

    Your positive words and attitude go out into the universe allowing us to feel your love and passion. Continuing prayer for your precious Michael. And may Pax let you know when he’s tired and ready to rest. <3

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Thanks Candy — you’re the best, and you know firsthand the uncertainty of watching a pup live out his last days. I hope I make the right decisions there. Thanks for your prayer!

  7. Jarrod

    Proud of you for the positive perspective amid all of this. We all love you, The Thriller and Pax so much. You remain in the prayers of many, including W and me. Love you so much, L.

  8. Penny

    Again, I’m amazed by your strength!! I can only hope to see as many positives in this world as you do! I know it’s a tall order, but please continue to inspire not only Michael, but the rest of us as well! Prayers for you, Michael and your sweet Pax! Love you my friend!


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